Depending on our government to lead us into space at this point is not going to happen, at least not like it was back in the 60s.
It costs a lot of money to send things into space, be it a satellite, supplies, people, or a deep space probe. Our government has to spend that money
to do that, and while I and others think that this is a much more worth while thing to be spending our taxes on, there will be many voters out there
that think otherwise (never mind the fact that by placing things outside our atmosphere has both taught us many things about our planet, but also
helps us in our day to day lives. Think about that the next time you use your cell phone, the internet, or need to know what the weather is going to
On the other hand, private companies only have to answer to their share holders. Not politicians and voters.
If companies start to see profit in getting out into space (and over the past couple of years we are seeing this interests), then we're going to see
this, and I do mean more indepth than just resupplying the ISS.
A lot of science fiction authors decades ago had written novels in which humans expansion into space was more industrial driven than by any sense of
government expansion or national pride. In a lot of ways it makes sense that it would happen this way. Our world is based upon us humans building
things that are sold for profit. Supply and Demand.
While a lot of people hate corporations out there, they will most likely be the ones that take us out and beyond our planet on a more permanent basis.
They are the ones with the money after all. And they do not have to answer to the tax payer, only their share holders. And if their share holders are
making money because the company they hold shares in is able to mine the moon, it will happen.
So personally I wouldn't wait on our government to get manned missions back out into space. Too many tax payers will scream that it's a waste of
money, and that the money the government spends should be spent here on Earth (never mind that by going out there has help us tremendously in so many
Instead, watch for NASA/JPL's budget to be slashed again, and again, and again. And watch those corporations take to space.
Unless of course we get a nice fat meteor to slam into the Earth. THEN you'd have all those tax paying voters suddenly screaming their heads off
about how we need to be up there to stop things like that.